Rob Report: Illinois State
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Rob Report returns for a 13th season with a new home at AllHawkeyes.com.
This is our third move after stops with Hawkeye Nation and Hawkeye Insider.
We (me) at the report could not be happier with the new digs. Here’s hoping past readers of the RR enjoy having it around and the new folks come to look for it and like it.
For the initiated, the RR is a catch-all, notebook, tidbit, mishmash of the game that was. In this case, we’re talking about Iowa’s 31-14 drubbing of Illinois State here at Kinnick Stadium Saturday.
The RR usually will include an injury report and a dressed list for road games. After that, pretty much anything goes.
So, with our further ado, here we go with the Rob Report, All Hawkeyes style:
INJURY REPORT: Iowa came out of Saturday’s game the way it entered it – in pretty good shape. There was some cramping on the brutally hit day and Drew Ott caused extensive nose bleeding by hitting himself in the face with his own helmet (see below) but everybody in the two-deep should be ready to go next weekend at Iowa State.
Derrick Mitchell Jr. did not play in the game. The running back had been hurt during August and fell behind in his transition from receiver.
"He’s been hobbled a little bit," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He could have played today, but he hasn’t practiced enough where I think the coaching staff would have been comfortable. You like to see a little bit more evidence, but we expect him to be full speed."
A camp injury also put Jay Scheel behind some of the other players at receiver.
"He fought a little bit of an injury situation, so that set him back, but he’s healthy now, and he’s a young guy. I was reminded of that the other day. Disappointing he missed some time, which obviously slowed his progress, but he’s a really young player, great attitude, great young man, so he’ll start working forward here," Ferentz said.
TRUE FRESHMEN: Three first-year players saw action on Saturday. Offensive lineman James Daniels, and receivers Jerminic Smith and Adrian Falconer played as reserves. That matched the number of true freshmen used all of last season.
Daniels saw the most work. He lined up at left guard and played physically. He became the first true freshman to play on the O-Line since Bryan Bulaga in 2007.
"We think he did well," Ferentz said. "From what I could tell, it didn’t look like he whiffed on anything, first and foremost, number one concern. But I thought he looked like he played well, and he’s an interesting young man.
"He just doesn’t seem to get real rattled about anything. If he is or if he’s nervous, he doesn’t show it. He played kind of like he practiced, which obviously has impressed us. That’s why we had him in there today."
A BLOODY SNACK: Drew Ott did more damage to himself during Saturday’s game than the players from Illinois State who tried to block him.
Ott smacked himself in the nose with his helmet after the first series of the second half and that caused blood to start pouring. He then sat for two defensive series, trying to stop the bleeding.
“I got a belly full of blood, so that was nice,” Ott said jokingly. “It was a little snack during the game.”
SPECIAL TEAMS: A look at Iowa’s units.
Kickoff – Marshall Koehn, Miles Taylor, Ben Niemann, Anthony Gair, Jordan Lomax, Brandon Snyder, Sean Draper, Travis Perry, Aaron Mends, Mauruce Fleming, Cole Fisher.
Punt Return – Jacob Hillyer, Fleming, Kevin Ward, Mends, Fisher, George Kittle, Perry, Snyder, Greg Mabin, Niemann, Desmond King
Punt Coverage – Riley McCarron, Josh Jackson, Snyder, Perry, Kittle, Josey Jewell, Macon Plewa, Tyler Kluver, Dillon Kidd.
Kick Return – Jake Gervase, Bo Bower, Mends, Gair, Fleming, Taylor, Perry, Snyder, Jordan Lomax, Draper, King.
BACK-UPS: A look at some of the second-teamers.
Second-team Offensive Line (L-R) – Cole Croston, Steven Ferentz, Eric Simmons, James Daniels, Keegan Render.
Second-team Linebackers – Mends (WIL), Perry (MIKE), Bower (LEO).
Second-team Secondary – Gair (strong safety), Snyder (free safety), Fleming (corner), Jackson (corner).
EXTRA-POINTS: Back-up Quarterback Tyler Wiegers, a redshirt freshman, saw the first college action of his career. He completed his one pass…Jameer Outsey, who moved from linebacker to tight end this off-season. He turned in a 10-yard reception, the only one by a player at his position in Saturday…Iowa failed top convert a fake field goal when kicker Marshall Koehn wound up a few yards short of the first down. Still, the call elicited one of the biggest cheers of the day from the fans…LeShun Daniels set career highs in carries 26, rushing yards 123, and longest rush. His 27-yard rush on the game’s opening drive was a career long. Daniels made his first career start…RB Jordan Canzeri had 118 all-purpose yards (28 rushing, 90 receiving). His 90 receiving yards are a career best. Canzeri ranked second on the team with 752 all-purpose yards in 2014, including 494 yards rushing, 123 yards receiving, and 135 yards in kickoff returns. His 51-yard reception on the final drive of the first half was a career long…LB Cole Fisher had a career-high eight tackles in his first career start…The Hawkeyes have played 57 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 172 consecutive PATs during the streak…Iowa finished the game with five sacks, all in the opening half. DE Drew Ott had two sacks. DE Parker Hesse, DE Nate Meier, and LB Ben Niemann each had one. It was the first career sack for Hesse and Niemann…Iowa’s 99-yard scoring drive on its second possession was its first 99-yard scoring drive since 2002 at Miami (OH)…The Hawkeyes have won 14-of-17 season openers under Kirk Ferentz, averaging 35.3 ppg in the 14 wins.